HAVERHILL, MASS. (WHDH) - Severe thunderstorms made their way across the Bay State Tuesday night whipping up winds and felling trees in its wake.
In Haverhill, a clap of thunder and bolt of lightning sent a massive limb crashing down on top of a home on Salem Street.
“It did a number on the roof, it took out front porch awning way but, looking at the tree damage in the cemetery and other streets around here, from when I was walking my dog and talking to different neighbors, it seemed like there might have been a microburst,” said Gerrie Maffris who lives next door.
The homeowner said that he and two tenants were inside when the storm hit and some of the branches went right into his bedroom.
Those who live in the area say thankfully, no one was hurt.
“Thankfully the tenants downstairs weren’t injured at all I saw them getting their stuff out,” Maffris said
The owner has lived here about five years. His neighbors ready and willing to help him pick up the pieces.
“”He’s been a very good neighbor,” said Marffris. “I said, ‘I don’t know what I can do to help but if I can do anything let me know.”
Crews will be on scene Wednesday to begin the removal process.
In Norfolk, thick smoke rose about a home in the Village at River’s Edge Community moments after a lightning strike.
“I saw the flash from the lightning, it was instantons, the thunder and lightning,” said neighbor Ken Arnold. “So we knew it was close.”
The bolt appears to have struck a cupola.
“A condensed heavy plume, I would describe it,” Arnold said. “It was shooting out very rapidly, very dark.”
Firefighters raced to the scene within minutes and were able to prevent the flames from spreading.
“When I came down the street, smoke coming out of the roof, black smoke fire fighters were working hard on getting water to it,” said neighbor Stan Woodman.
In Sharon, trees and branches came crashing onto cars.
As Massachusetts topped 90 degrees for the fourth day in a row, lightning led to a hot spot in Western Massachusetts where a bolt struck pavement in Hatfield.
At a similar scene in Georgetown, a lightning bolt struck the roof of a home leaving behind a hole.
No injuries have been reported.
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